Monday, January 9, 2012

In the Kitchen With Jason: Chicken Enchilada Casserole


This is one of the first recipes that Jess and I made out of the Hungry Girl 1-2-3 Cookbook (page 66 and 67). It is also one of the best recipes from that book. Somewhere along the line, our recipe and the one in the book diverged. I will be providing you with our current version of this recipe.


Ingredients
  • 10 oz. can 98% fat-free chunk white chicken breast in water
  • 6 tortillas, divided
  • 10.75 oz can 98% fat-free cream of celery condensed soup
  • 1 bag frozen California style mixed veggies, thawed
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup fat-free shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • Ground black pepper
Directions
  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees.
  • Rip 1 tortilla into bite sized pieces and place in a large mixing bowl.
  • Drain the chicken.
  • Flake the chicken into the mixing bowl.
  • Rip another tortilla into bite sized pieces and add to mixing bowl.
  • Add cream of celery soup to mixing bowl.
  • Rip another tortilla into bite sized pieces and add to mixing bowl.
  • Add thawed frozen veggies to the mixing bowl.
  • Rip another tortilla into bite sized pieces and add to mixing bowl.
  • Add salsa to mixing bowl.
  • Rip another tortilla into bite sized pieces and add to mixing bowl.
  • Add 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese.
  • Rip final tortilla into bite sized pieces and add to mixing bowl.
  • Mix the contents of the mixing bowl.
    • If you would have added all the tortillas at one time, they will not mix well and that is no fun, trust me.
  • Spray a baking dish with cooking spray and put the mixture into this.
  • Sprinkle remaining cheese over this.
  • Bake for 35 minutes or until bubbly.
    • If you do not thaw the veggies ahead of time, you will not be able to satisfactorily bake this recipe. The outside will finished long before the inside. You have been warned.
  • Allow to cool for about 5 minutes.
It makes 4 healthy sized servings. Smart and Delicious 50-calorie tortillas along with the fat free cheddar cheese make this a super healthful dish. As Hungry Girl says at the end of her recipe, "Eat up!"

Please enjoy!

-Chef Jason

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